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Hearts & Minds – Barber Emporium

Our journey started whereas Danny was stationed in Wales as a part of the Particular Forces Help Group (SFSG) while serving within the Royal Marine Commandoes and Laura was working as a hairdresser from house in 2015.

Whereas I used to be nonetheless serving and actually having fun with the work, journey and journey of the Marines I knew I didn’t wish to do it without end and I needed higher for my household. I began to look into completely different avenues like most guys do which have been within the safety world. The choices have been actually, Shut Safety, Physique guarding, Maritime safety or Surveillance. I went looking for solutions to assist discover out what avenue I needed to go down by talking with guys, going to networking occasions and on to the businesses themselves however by no means felt thats have been I used to be stepping into my life.

All this was happening while being extraordinarily busy and continuously being away while Laura was at house taking care of the children and incomes greater than I used to be, slicing the women across the barracks hair.

As a person of religion I sought God for course, feeling barely exasperated, the following day after one other networking occasion I actually awakened with barbering on my thoughts. Barbering? However with it was a complete imaginative and prescient!  What a couple of cool, manly place for males to return calm down, speak and get the haircut, someplace that they neglect in regards to the stresses of being a person. I assumed to myself I might try this! Hang around, chat shit with guys in spite of everything we spent a while doing that because it was  ha ha  …all I needed to do was study to chop hair!

So I requested Laura to point out me. I requested subsequent door neighbours child (11) to return spherical for a lower. The little legend sat there for two hrs whereas I fumbled round slicing his hair however one way or the other it turned out respectable and I felt fairly assured doing it! I used to be hooked!

Straight after that we headed to Oman within the Center East for six weeks of coaching. In between getting thrashed across the desert I used to be providing the lads free haircuts simply to try to enhance with the steering of a Paratrooper, who was a former barber earlier than he joined.

From then on all I did was lower and shave guys relentlessly. I got here again and did a small barber introduction course and with the steering of Laura and Tim (Paratrooper) I arrange in my storage and lower as a lot hair as I might in my spare time.

The hardest factor about being a soldier may be leaving. Sure, its arduous, sure your away from your loved ones, sure its harmful and the cash isn’t nice. However you like the lads, the life-style  and the safety of the job. What for those who depart and all of it goes to shit? The plan doesn’t work out?  God is on our facet, Laura and I made a decision Lets do that!

We determined I used to be going to get certified and practice with the Gents of London Barber Academy earlier than shifting our household internationally to open a barbershop, as I informed my Commanding officer while he  wanting in shock at me! Haha! Your psychological Banford.

However that was the plan. Scared, sure but when I didn’t do it i’d nonetheless be in, sad.

Nicely I excelled on the coaching and bought provided a job earlier than I completed the course at Cardiffs hottest barbershop “Preserve the Religion social membership”. I labored there while ending off my time within the Marines earlier than shifting my spouse, 2 stepsons and new born child to a rustic they’ve by no means been to earlier than!


We arrived in Toukley on the NSW Central Coast in 2016 with a suitcase every and gratefully moved into my households rental property.

With the assistance of my father I transformed the storage right into a barbershop and shortly bought busy. After 6 weeks of buying and selling a obtained a knock on the door from the council informing of some further modifications I needed to make to proceed buying and selling. Completely gutted and uncertain the best way to present for my household I wasn’t positive what to do. Laura was holding us afloat working at a neighborhood hairdresser.

Amazingly the native barber who had been there for 18 years approached me as he was retiring. We got here to an settlement and we took over his store some weeks later.

Nicely, that was the beginning of every part. It was meant to simply be me however instantly Laura and I have been all in, working flat out 6 days per week, to now we have now a staff of 5  nice guys working in our new store that  we opened simply earlier than Christmas. We really feel actually blessed, humbled and love on a regular basis with our staff and extra importantly or clients. Don’t get me improper it wasn’t simple, however its value it to comply with the calling I’m so grateful to have been given, to be Ready to assist lads once they’re down or unsure/confused, dealing with challenges I’ll have skilled myself already and many others  thats a privilege in my eyes that they belief me, and my goal is to make a distinction in as many mens lives, one haircut at a time ! thats have been we’re at.

The place to now? Nicely, we aren’t anyplace close to completed and have an enormous thirst to develop and  ship our imaginative and prescient to the boys of central coast, we’re concentrating on constructing a robust staff, like household we wish to nurture, make investments  and assist our guys develop within the areas they’re drawn in the direction of throughout the Trade! We actually admire our groups expertise, dedication and loyalty. We’re additionally within the midst of renovateons for our up coming espresso bar addition, we simply wish to make it a comfortable however quirky place to to hang around have a chat a haircut a complimentary beer, or a espresso! Play chess, play playing cards play sudoku, play the guitar, Hearken to tunes on the juke field from a spread of various eras,  We’ll attempt to proceed to make individuals smile with our work and by talking with guys. Our ethos hasn’t modified. Both in a storage or greater store its all about a spot for a person to get away from the stresses of life,  speak/don’t speak and simply chill for 30 minutes. It’s his time.

Nicely thats our story.

Thanks for studying.

Danny and Laura

Hearts and Minds Barber Emporium.

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